A few weeks ago when Dave asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year I told him, "A trip to somewhere in Czech that I haven't been before!"
He immediately had an idea, which turned into a reality today!
On my 56th birthday today, we headed to Hrad Bouzov, an early 14th century castle built northwest of Olomouc, a city about an hour away from where we live.
It is truly fairy-tale like! Never conquered, it is in beautiful condition and has passed through the hands of many owners over the past 700 years.
We got there just in time for the last tour of the day!
It's almost impossible to photograph something so spectacular (especially on my phone!), but the tour was wonderful as we walked through getting all the historical details about it.
While spectacular, it's also easy to picture how people lived here - it definitely has a livable charm about it. Imagine coming in here for a meal or a meeting.
The most spectacular room was the banquet hall, with its lavish furnishings and frescos on the walls.
I might have been a little bit giddy over this treasure of these sights!
If it all looks like it should be in a movie, you're thinking like all the directors who have come here with their ideas through the years! At least thirty films have been made here.
This sure was THE perfect place to come for my birthday celebration with Dave and Claire!
I'd definitely like to go back and explore the castle and its surroundings another time!
"Thank you Dave and Claire for making my birthday so special and memorable! And thank you Claire for bringing your camera to take some photos for us! That was a lot of fun!!!"
I'm excited about this coming year and the new, good, joy-filled things the Lord has in store for me!